00:00:13She was a legend of the Silver Screen even today. I'm almost 60 years after her death. She still holds a special place in the minds of millions of people across the world ask anyone, you know, and they'll recognize her name and how could they not Marilyn Monroe is practically Unforgettable.
00:00:33Bella most people have forgotten is just how important one particular building was to her career the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was already and institution when she first arrived having played host to the elite Starz of the thirties and forties. So when a young model named Norma Jean needed a place to stay and work the Roosevelt made a lot of sense.
00:00:55Marilyn Monroe lived at the Roosevelt for over 2 years even meeting the playwright Arthur Miller her future husband during her stay there. So it's no wonder that even today guests to the hotel occasionally claimed to have seen the famous actress in the building in a lot of ways. The place was like a second home to her. So why would she ever want to leave?
00:01:17Hotels are funny that way not the franchise cookie-cutter Conference Centers that we tend to see along the highways of our cities. I'm talking about the Old Guard the massive Resorts built in another era by people power to serve as both a business and home the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Florida the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, even the original Waldorf, Astoria in New York City.
00:01:42each of these destination Resorts burn bright for a while drawing the wealthy Elite to their attractive Flames, but most of them eventually faded away taking their secrets and stories with them about a handful have survived the changes of the last century you seem to have held on to the magic of the Gilded Age like one particular Jewel of New England and I'd like to take you there or be worn because while this hotel has played host to the best and brightest over the years tragedy has also passed through its doors and if the stories are true
00:02:18It hasn't checked out.
00:02:22I'm Aaron Mahnke, and this is lore.
00:02:44Joseph wasn't born into money or as part of some lofi Social Circle. He wasn't even born near that crowd know when he came into the world in 1840. It was in the small capital of New Hampshire the city of Concord, but don't let his humble beginnings full you before his work was done. Joseph would leave his mark on the pages of History.
00:03:07Around the age of 20 he took an interest in the mineral known as anthracite. It's the most pure and energy-rich type of coal. There is making it the most valuable of them all and in an era that would see incredible fortunes built by industries that use steel. Everyone needed a good fuel to smelt it.
00:03:26A decade later Joseph was one of the wealthiest man in the country. He was the sort of Gilded Age cast member who might be referred to as a robber baron managing his Empire of coal mines and railroads from his home in New York City, but he was the sort of man who couldn't forget his birthplace and honestly, if you've ever driven through the mountains of New Hampshire, you can understand why
00:03:50It 1881 he returned to his home state to buy a massive 10000 acre tract of land near New Hampshire's tallest mountain Mount Washington later that same year. He in a partner also purchased a resort near by the Mount Pleasant house giving him and his circle of friends a place to stay in the north while earning an income from others who wish to stay there as well, but the resorts wasn't quite perfect enough for him when he bought it. So changes Were Made Simple Things were added like tennis courts and a pump house for the water system. The more complex projects followed an entire new story was added to the resort and then a bowling alley was constructed inside the property gain a blacksmith shop a golf course and a private Lake clearly Joseph had a vision and he wasn't afraid to spend his money making that a reality.
00:04:41In the early 1890s Joseph was submarine at his Resorts when he encountered a woman he had never met before Carolyn was the daughter of a butcher from Waltham, Massachusetts and their family had been staying near Mount Pleasant providing cuts of meat for another of the resorts there and Joseph fell in love.
00:04:59There were complications though. He was 52 and she was only 25. He was one of the richest men in the nation and she was the poor daughter of a middle-class butcher, but after spending time with him on his yacht in Boston Harbor Carolyn said all those differences aside Love Is Love after all culture and rules be damned and by 1894 the pair were married.
00:05:24They settled into a blissful life together traveling the world and spending their time at the various homes that Joseph own but their hearts always brought them back to New Hampshire. So in the late 1890s the pair begin plans for a new project a resort. That would make the Mount Pleasant house look like a starter home a practice run for something bigger and more Grand than they could ever have imagined.
00:05:47They started by hiring architect Charles Allen Gifford who set to work taking their vision and creating a roadmap to reality. It would be built in the Spanish renaissance-style that had become popular at the time with a bright red roof top it hovered over a white structure complete with large turrets spread across its length.
00:06:07It wasn't cheap to build though. That's for sure in modern American dollars the hotel cost roughly 50 million from start to finish, but you can see where that money went. When you look at the list of details about the hotel there is over 200,000 square feet of wood flooring throughout the building and over 10 miles of pipes and all of that was topped by over 50,000 square feet of roofing tin when completed it became the largest wooden structure in all of New England.
00:06:37A famous friend even helped put it all together to Thomas Edison travel to the site to oversee the installation of nearly 21 miles of electrical wiring a modern technology that few other resorts at the time could boast done with three separate train stations in near by Brenton Wood. There was a steady flow of visitors to come and enjoy it.
00:06:58The project wasn't without its critics. Of course many thought that the White Mountains of New Hampshire or two out of the way for most tourist to travel and that it would be a waste of money to build something so large and extravagant in such a remote place, but Joseph Stickney disagreed and when the door is opened in 1902 the hotel 6s proved him, right?
00:07:19But Joseph wouldn't have a chance to enjoy much of that Victory. Just a year after the hotel opened. He passed away from a massive stroke while at his Fifth Avenue Home in New York City a year before so many of his famous wealthy friends had gathered for the hotel's grand opening now. They were forced to reunite under darker circumstances.
00:07:41When the funeral was over and the grave had been filled Carolyn Stickney found herself alone. A couple had no children and without her true love and best friend. She was left to wander the halls of their Mount Washington hotel without him.
00:07:56Eventually, she built the chapel on the hotel property in honor of Joseph and then set about taking the reins and keeping the business running. She was wounded. Yes, but she would survive after all Sometimes the best way to honor the past is to move forward into the future and that's exactly what Carolyn Stickney did.
00:08:17Because of that the world would never be the same.
00:08:32Carolyn Stickney found herself on the throne of a Magic Kingdom the hotel had its own Electric Plant which helped power amenities such as Refrigeration equipment an elevator and lights throughout the hotel the property around the building was crisscrossed with Bridle paths Wagon Trails and artificial Lake along with a private golf course designed by Donald Ross whose other projects include the legendary Pinehurst number 2 in, North Carolina.
00:09:01And Carolyn presided over at all. The guests loved her and she was a constant elegant presents in the hotel when she arrived for dinner each night. She always made sure she was the best dressed and the last to enter the dining room. So as to be the center of attention as the owner and manager of the entire facility, she earned that right, but she didn't spend all of her time in New Hampshire. She served for a time as a Red Cross nurse in Europe volunteering not just her charitable donations, but also her hands and care. She even received the honor of a gold medal of reconnaissance by the French government and it also provided her the opportunity to meet her second husband Prince aemond oofos and you loosen the great grandson of King Charles the 10th. It was a marriage that pulled her away from America for most of the time but every summer she would return to her Mount Washington hotel and preside over it as the princess.
00:09:57She wasn't the only royalty the show up there though over the years other illustrious guests included Princess Margaret John D. Rockefeller Joan Crawford, Bob Hope Alfred Hitchcock in baseball Legend Babe Ruth. The number of u.s. Presidents also stayed there including Woodrow Wilson Warren Harding and William Howard Taft.
00:10:18But it seemed the tragedy was never far from Carolyn the 1922 just nine years after marrying the prince. He suddenly passed away leaving her alone with her fortune and the expensive hotel and with her connection to France severed by the deaf. She permanently move back to America becoming a more regular fixture at the hotel then ever before.
00:10:41It said that although she had a private dining table in her personal Suite J reserve the place at the table among the guests every single night to this day her sweet contains all her original furniture and is available to guests as room 314 the dining table though has been moved elsewhere.
00:11:00Over the years to come Carol and did her best to guide the hotel through a. Of decline. It wasn't necessarily her fault. But more a product of her day. The general public was less and less interested in the grand Resorts of a Gilded Age and more interested in modern advancements like the automobile and a growing network of Highways across the country. And then of course the Great Depression arrived like a wildfire ravaging everything in its path between the economic nightmare that had arrived and the second world war that followed it the hotel became too costly to keep open. The doors were closed to guests in 1942, but it wasn't necessarily the end because what happened next change the world forever.
00:11:432 years after the hotel was shut down a group of representatives from the Allied countries of Europe went looking for a safe place to hold a gathering their goal was to plan what came next Once the war was won and I decided upon the Mount Washington hotel as that place.
00:12:02In the summer of 1944 delegates from 44 countries arrive for what would become a deeply significant economic Summit the outcome of those meetings established the World Bank the international monetary fund and revive the global economy today. It is referred to as the Bretton Woods agreement and all of the paperwork was signed on princess Carolyn's dining room table.
00:12:25Sadly though. She wasn't there to witness it having passed away eight years earlier in 1936 her nephew inherited the hotel and tried running the business for a number of years, but eventually had to admit defeat selling it to a firm in Boston.
00:12:42The Mount Washington hotel was the last of the grand Resorts changing hands from owner to owner as the years passed by but no matter whose name was on the deed or where the paychecks came from. It was hard to deny the legacy of Princess Carolyn even today her influence and presence can still be felt.
00:13:04But despite how romantic that sounds it hasn't always been a good thing.
00:13:22Some people think that the hauntings are intentional not they believe it's all a hoax, but that there's something about the hotel that keeps the spirits trap there if that's the sort of thing you believed in Mount Washington hotel might be the place for you.
00:13:39One Legend says that the Italian Craftsman who were hired to construct the hotel brought a bit of their old world superstitions with them in an effort to ward off ghosts. It said that these Builders added complexity and variety to the hotel's design such a staircases with unusual non matching numbers of steps. It was all done with the goal of confusing the spirits and keeping them out.
00:14:04Instead some say it backfired dropping them inside the hotel and if the sightings around the hotel or any indication that might very well be true more than a few guests have seen the figure of a woman who seems to step right into nearby walls before Vanishing others have caught a glimpse of a ghostly father and daughter in the lobby. But when they turn back to look again, the pair are gone.
00:14:28One former employee at the hotel even reported an entire room full of ghosts early in the season when guess were less frequent this member of the staff claims that while making his morning rounds through the hotel. He passed by the Grand Ballroom, but rather than find it empty as he expected. The room was filled with scores of people all Milling about the dancing while dressed in old-fashioned clothing.
00:14:52Some gas to have even heard unexplainable noises a common report is the sound of a baby crying inside the empty Ballroom while the few have even heard The Telltale sounds of laughing children running through the halls with a guest to call the front desk to report the noises. They've been told that no children were in the hotel at the time.
00:15:11And then of course, there are the tragic stories that feed the sightings in 1907 a wealthy businessman named Daniel Willis James passed away in the hotel after suffering a heart attack and then almost 10 years to the day after his death another guest died of internal bleeding, but of all the guests to check in and never leave the most famous is also the most obvious princess Carolyn.
00:15:37If you remember from earlier Carolyn always had a knack for showing up to dinner in the best. Most elegant dress of a knight standing out above all her other guests, but it wasn't by chance. You see a small balcony overlooks the main dining room with a curtain hung across it and that's where Carolyn would stand before dinner taking in the competition before heading back to her room to put on the winning dress. And that's one of the places where Modern guest have caught a glimpse of her peeking out from behind that curtain and elegant woman dressed in a Victorian gown.
00:16:10Many other sightings of happened in random hallways throughout the hotel but the vast majority of reports come from one place room 314, which served is Carolyn's private residence when she was at the hotel and if the stories are true, she might not have moved out.
00:16:26Guess who ventured room 314 to find a woman sitting on the end of the bed brushing her hair while others have heard a gentle tapping on the door only to find the hallway empty when they opened it in fast enough unusual activity has happened in that room that in 2008 the hotel brought the Atlantic Paranormal Society otherwise known as Taps from the television show Ghost Hunters to do their own investigating.
00:16:51Text member Steve gonsalves confirm that the hotel is a hauntingly beautiful place and one of his favorite investigation sites for full disclosure. Steve is a friend and when I reached out to him for his impression of the hotel, he didn't need any coaxing to express just how real and unusual his experiences there have been
00:17:10He and the others witnessed quite a lot during their stay in the hotel but one event stands out above all the others during their overnight investigation the team set up a recording device inside room 314 opening for a sign. They were not alone in the space and it wasn't long before they got their answer literally.
00:17:30Calling out to the room. One of the Taps members ask the simple question princess Carolyn, are you here and I'll be honest that's not the sort of thing. I personally would do because I'm just not sure how effective it would be but others swear by it and I'm not one to dismiss the personal experiences of others so lightly what they captured was astonishing their simple question was met with a moment of silence in a faint voice could be heard from somewhere in the room. What did it say?
00:18:01Of course. I'm here the voice replied.
00:18:05Where are you?
00:18:26Home is where the heart is, but it's so much more than that, isn't it home is where we let down our guard and take on new experiences where we become vulnerable and relaxed where we build hopes and dreams and supper through unexpected pain and sorrow we put down roots and those roots inject a little bit of us into the places. We call home.
00:18:50Perhaps it's not a coincidence that the most common word to pair with haunted is house because it's in those places of trust and vulnerability that we can often experience the most pain and pain as we all know tends to linger as do the stories about it. So when countless people begin to consider a building their second home returning year after year, despite the ups and downs of life. It's no wonder that they leave a bit of themselves behind.
00:19:19Today the Mount Washington hotel stands as one of the last great Gilded Age Resorts much like the Stanley Hotel in Colorado Mount Washington is a relic from another time a reminder of the ambition and wealth of the people who built it but some of the modern Tales of unexplainable sightings and mysterious events and left the impression that not all of the former residents are entirely happy.
00:19:43And some people think they know why to explain it. I need to tell you another story 1 set elsewhere in New Hampshire. You see in April of 1897 a man named Joseph Kelly walked into the Great Falls National Bank in the town of Somersworth and he set events in motion that had dark consequences.
00:20:04Kelly was just 24 at the time but was already deeply in debt and desperate for a way out of his financial mess, which is why he was wearing a fake mustache and beard when he approached. One of the teller windows in his pocket was a loaded revolver and he was ready to use it.
00:20:21Pretending to be a normal customer Kelly asked the teller for some stamps and the man behind the counter not in politely and told him he would be glad to help the stamps that were kept in the cashier's office. So the teller told Kelly to wait there while he went to retrieve them.
00:20:37Kelly didn't listen now the moment to tell her turn and walk toward the other room Kelly quietly followed him. It was only once both men were standing in the cashier office that Kelly revealed himself and then slammed the door shut behind them.
00:20:50Tell her she shouted for help, but Kelly struck the man over the head with a small club or the other man fell to the floor Kelly leaned over and cut his throat. He took the money he came for and managed to make his Escape boarding a train that was bound for Montreal.
00:21:06The crimes like that have a way of catching up with you when they found Kelly. He was hiding out in a brothel dressed in women's clothing like Val Kilmer's character madmartigan in Willow soon enough. He was back in New Hampshire where he stood trial for his crimes in the town of Dover. He spent the next 30 years of his life in prison.
00:21:27The reason why I'm telling you this story is because of the bank tellers name Joseph Stickney not of course the same Joseph Stickney who made a fortune in the coal industry and then use some of it to build the Mount Washington hotel just a random stranger with exactly the same name a stranger whose tragic ending put him firmly on the public record.
00:21:49Many years later and artist was commissioned to create two paintings for the hotel one of Princess Carolyn and the other of her first husband Joseph Stickney, but when the artist went looking for photographs or sketches the bases paintings on he grabbed an image of the wrong Joseph Stickney the murder victim it not the coal magnate and no one noticed.
00:22:11Today if you visit the Mount Washington hotel, make sure you look around the lobby for the paintings. They're still there prominently displayed to show every guest who stays there the faces of the people who built the place which is of course a lie.
00:22:26Rather than spend the decade since her death hanging beside her beloved husband princess Carolyn has been forced to share the wall with a murder victim. She never met and if that's not a reason to make a little noise from time to time. I can't think of one that is.
00:22:59With all the gas to pass through the doors of the Mount Washington hotel over the years. It's easy to assume all of the stories worth telling come from inside those gilded walls, but there's one more tale to tell one that took place outside on the mountain that gave the hotel its name stick around after the short sponsor break to hear all about it.
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00:26:53It was supposed to be a simple hiking trip twenty-three-year-old Lizzy had traveled with her cousin and uncle from the town of Kennebunk on the coast of Maine when they reach Mount Washington in mid September of 1855. They put their plans together. It would be a trip that they would never forget.
00:27:10The trio found lodging in The Glen House a newly renovated Farmhouse that now served as a hotel for visitors to the mountain their plan was to wake up and begin the long hike up to the summit and then spend the night in a small Lodge there call the tip top house. But if there's one place in New England where you can't depend on the weather, it's Mount, Washington.
00:27:31The morning of a hike arrived with rain and fog and Lizzie's Uncle George called off their plans. I don't know if they had the luxury of waiting a day or if the weather brought utter disappointment to them, but it seemed as if the hike would not happen this planned and then by mid-morning the weather broke and the trio change their minds.
00:27:52Mount Washington is known for Harsh unpredictable whether it's a small mounted but due to its location and shape it boasts. Some of the most brutal winds in the world. I don't know who holds the record today but in 1934 the weather station there recorded winds in excess of 230 miles per hour and because you can never predict when that sort of thing might happen. You need to be prepared for anything. But Lizzie in the others were far from prepared. They begin their hike by following the rough Carriage Road that led to the summit but it was under construction and difficult to navigate quickly. So by the time the sun was setting they were still a good distance from the top not that they would know though. They had never hike the mountain before and the clouds were low enough that visibility had become an issue. So they would reach a level spot think that it was the summit and then discover that the climb picked back up somewhere farther into the clouds over and over they were teased into believing their climb was nearly finished.
00:28:52which is why they ended up standing on a frigid Mountainside in the dark as biting winds tour at their simple Victorian clothing Lizzy's Uncle George decided that they needed Shelter From The Wind so he told the two young women to lie down while he constructed a low wall to allow them some more work, but even that took a good long while
00:29:12George would later right that he finally completed the Windbreak around 10 p.m. Tired and cold. He settled in behind it placing himself between his daughter Lucy and his niece Lizzie Lucy acknowledged his arrival But Lizzy didn't move a muscle just to make sure she was all right, you reached out and touched her hand.
00:29:31It was ice cold.
00:29:33Panic washed over George and he moved to his knees and shook his niece trying to wake her up, but it was no use at some point between beginning construction on the wall and its completion poor Lizzie Borden had passed away many suspect exposure which would make a lot of sense that some have even suggested a heart attack trapped in the dark on the side of a mountain George and Lucy did the only thing they could they huddled together and waited for the light of morning to come and rescue them and when it did they discover the Bittersweet truth of their Journey that they had been with in view of the tip top house all alone.
00:30:11Lizzy was carried down the mountain in a small wooden box, but her story has never fully left the summit even today. There's a small pile of stones with a marker set on top just to the side of the Railway track that brings visitors up and down the mountain.
00:30:26But if you don't think reading her name and epitaphs on that white sign is enough. There are other stories that keep her memory alive. There are reports from visitors to the summit to have claimed to see the ghostly figure of a young woman hovering near the pile of rocks. They say the vision becomes more and more clear as the anniversary of her death approaches and according to other stories at least one group of Brave hikers attempted to get a little closer. It said that they arrived at her monuments after dark just as she would have done over a century and a half ago after sitting down around the stones the clouds moved in and cut off most of the moonlight.
00:31:04After spending some time chatting the group climb back up to their feet ready to reach the summit and find warmth. And that was when one of the men screamed in terror is voice cutting through the silence Like a Knife everyone turn to him and found him staring at the pile of stones.
00:31:22There a figure was rising from inside the monument or image glowing softly in the fog. They say she looks sad and that the wind still ripped at her clothing, even though it had done its cruel work on her so long before
00:31:37Then the ghost the woman pointed in the direction of the summit and then slowly collapsed to her knees as if giving up on her journey a moment later. She disappeared.
00:31:49Lizzie Borden was not the first to die a tragic death on the way to the top of Mount Washington and she would sadly not be the last but over the years that people have been visiting the Summit View other stories have held on with such power and tenacity.
00:32:05It seems that no matter how windy it gets up there on the mountain Lizzie Borden's memory and never be blown away.
00:32:30This episode of lore was written and produced by me Aaron Mahnke with research by Robin miniature and music by Chad Lawson. If you've ever dreamed of taking a haunted tour of the Mount Washington hotel, my friend Amy Bruni has just the thing you're looking for along with her special guests. Amy will be hosting a weekend getaway at the hotel this November plans include an actual paranormal investigation historical lectures about the hotel and it's unusual activity and a Friday night masquerade ball tickets are selling quickly. But if you head over to strange - escapes.com, you might still be able to grab your spot and if you do tell them Laura sent you
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